Lecture Notetaking: Questions and Answers

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Michael J. Crawford, Dokkyo University

This paper provides an overview of research on lecture notetaking. Despite the importance of this academic skill, to date it has not received much attention from researchers working in L2 contexts. As the Japanese Ministry of Education moves towards encouraging universities to offer more lecture courses in English, it is important for teachers to gain a better understanding of the processes involved in notetaking, and how to help learners to develop their skills. To this end, the paper poses 8 questions that teachers may have about notetaking and provides answers from the research that has been done to date in both L2 and L1 contexts. Because the amount of research in L2 contexts is still small, the answers given are not meant to be definitive. However, it is hoped that they will provide some preliminary answers to questions that teachers may have.


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